11.15.2007

Bite Your Tongue


As I browsed through the new Oprah magazine, I ran across this quote:
"One of the main reasons we . . . complain is to make ourselves look better by comparison . . . When I point out your faults, then I'm implying that I have no such faults, so I'm better than you are. Complaining is bragging. And nobody likes a braggart. Here's another bit of sobering news: you wouldn't notice the faults in the other person if they were not also in you." (Will Bowen)
There are some good points here -- but for me, it's (again) a reminder of how much I am blessed. I have nothing I should be complaining about, for any reason. That's why I bought my beautiful 'blessed' pendant (that, by the way, has arrived, and is even more beautiful in person than it was in a picture!). I must remember that and knock off my complaining.

10 comments:

100 Percent Cottam said...

i'm not much for complaining, although we all do it. great reminder!!!

Emily said...

What a great reminder. I tend to complain to my hubby and mom more than I should.

Jori said...

That was such a great quote! It's so true, when I complain about somebody I really am thinking that I don't have those faults. Shame on me.

Melissa said...

I need this sign in my kitchen, as much for me as for my kids!

Kristi said...

So so true! I hate when I get into complaining ruts--espcially because I have many too many faults myself...great thoughts, Jan!!

PS--you are a rockin skater woman!! I loved watching you skate :)

feltc said...

Good quote. The complaining blues have gotten to me lately. I've got to give it a rest.

Hacking it up said...

I hate complaining...I really need that sign in my house for ALL of us...because I complain sometimes too....even though given all of my blessings...I have nothing I should be complaining about!

Hayley said...

oh man jan! i have a friend that all she does is complain about everything & everyone. whine whine whine. i finally had to put myself in detox from her.

Holly O. said...

Jan, my guess is you are doing just great. Look at comment number 1 from your daughter. You raised her!!!!

Shelley said...

Wow. just wow. I think I LOVE to complain, I love the drama... i guess. Thanks for the reminder. I should print this post out and post it everywhere!!!